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An Irish Draft System: 5 Players Who Should Switch Province Next Summer

Ireland’s provinces can be accused of creating bottlenecks for players to pass through. There are many things right with the way in which rugby is structured in Ireland. For some time now, clear pathways have existed enabling players to bridge the gap between the various tiers in the Irish system. Young players showing promise with their school/club are brought into provincial academies, …

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Cavan Appoint New Senior Football Manager

Mattie McGleenan Cavan

Cavan have appointed a new football manager this evening, according to Colm Keys of the Irish Independent. Terry Hyland departed at the end of the 2016 season, and on Monday night the county board made the decision on his successor. Former Tyrone star Mattie McGleenan will take charge of the Breffni County next season. Former Tyrone player Mattie McGleenan will …

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Irish Pro12 Side Of The Weekend

The new season stepped up a level for the Irish provinces this weekend. The weekend before the beginning of the new European season has traditionally seen the Irish sides step up a level as they prepare for tougher challenges ahead. The inter-provincial derbies also give players the opportunity to put their hands up for international selection, and supporters the chance …

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Chris Ashton: A Troubled Talent

BARNET, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Ashton of Saracens looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Northampton Saints at Allianz Park on September 17, 2016 in Barnet, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

The curious case of Chris Ashton has been splashed all over the back pages this week as the Saracens and England winger has been banned yet again, this time for biting Northampton Saints prop Alex Waller. Ashton will now serve another 13 weeks away from the rugby pitch, after missing 10 weeks of the season last year for gouging Ulster …

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Ireland’s Five Most Important Players For The 2016/17 Season

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MARCH 12: Ireland players line up for the national anthem prior to the RBS Six Nations match between Ireland and Italy at Aviva Stadium on March 12, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

This is a big year for Irish rugby. The autumn internationals are on the horizon and preparing to do battle with Ireland are: New Zealand (twice), Canada and Australia. Although the Canada match should be straightforward for Joe Schmidt, the other three games are anything but that. New Zealand are proving that the loss of over 600 caps doesn’t bother …

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Frank Quinn Column: Stuart Lancaster’s Appointment Leaves Too Many Unanswered Questions

Leinster surprised the rugby public when they appointed Stuart Lancaster as senior coach this week. Last season Leinster paid the price for sacking Matt O’Conner without having an alternative candidate ready to take the reigns. The speed at which the province moved to cast aside the Australian was in complete contrast to their fruitless search to find a replacement. Throughout the …

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Ruan Pienaar Signs Three Year Deal With Top 14 Club

Ulster Rugby v Leicester Tigers - European Rugby Champions Cup

The IRFU blocked Ulster’s attempt to extend Ruan Pienaar’s contract. Despite all of the protests, online petitions and newspaper articles, Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster this season and join Montpellier on a three year deal. Although the scrum half wanted to remain at Ravenhill for the foreseeable future, the IRFU’s succession policy put an end to any such aspirations, leaving Ulster …

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Pro 12 Review – Top Irish Performers Of Week 1

Last weekend marked the beginning of a new season for Irish Rugby as the provinces were back in action for the first time since May. Glasgow Warriors avenged last year’ semi-final defeat to Connacht by throttling the defending champions 41-5 in Galway, while Munster, Leinster and Ulster all opened up their campaigns with opening weekend wins. To kick off the first …

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Ruan Pienaar’s Availability Stokes Interest Of Premiership Club

Ruan Pienaar will leave Ulster at the end of the season. Ulster fans were left in a state of shock this week, when the IRFU stamped their authority over the province by refusing to sanction an extension of Ruan Pienaar’s contract. Since joining Ulster in 2010, the South African scrum half has become an iconic figure among supporters, who vented …

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IRFU Release Statement On Ruan Pienaar

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND - DECEMBER 11: Ruan Pienaar of Ulster during the European Champions Cup Pool 1 rugby game at Kingspan Stadium on December 11, 2015 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

Despite the best efforts of both player and club, Ruan Pienaar’s playing days at the northern province are now numbered. The South African has established himself as a real leader in the Ulster squad since arriving to Belfast in 2010. Scoring 777 points in 118 games Pienaar’s record speaks for itself. However, due to the IRFU succession policy Pienaar must …

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